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liberal feminism celebrates women, who sexualize their bodies for the male gaze. Some feminists disagree with that (so do I). So I wonder, if a hijab can be a feminist statement sometimes? If the woman wears it as protection against gross looks from men and/or statement against the constant objectification and sexualitation of the woman? Most Religions are misogynist, I know, but if that‘s her personal reality and if that‘s how she chooses to protect herself, isn’t that like a radical feminist woman, recognizing patriarchy as a reality and covering herself, not because of religious reasons, but her feminist values. I mean, women in both cases cover themselves and the root cause is misogyny, so why do people see a difference with a hijab?

liberal feminism celebrates women, who sexualize their bodies for the male gaze. Some feminists disagree with that (so do I). So I wonder, if a hijab can be a feminist statement sometimes? If the woman wears it as protection against gross looks from men and/or statement against the constant objectification and sexualitation of the woman? Most Religions are misogynist, I know, but if that‘s her personal reality and if that‘s how she chooses to protect herself, isn’t that like a radical feminist woman, recognizing patriarchy as a reality and covering herself, not because of religious reasons, but her feminist values. I mean, women in both cases cover themselves and the root cause is misogyny, so why do people see a difference with a hijab?

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[–] WatcherattheGates 21 points (+21|-0)

If that is really the reason (that is, no religious reason at all), then it's a capitulation not a victory. Just like female-only buses. Doesn't affect the perps at all--just makes your own world smaller. And they'll harass you even with a hijab on. Even with a burqa on they will harass you!

Now, the burqa and niqab also erase a woman's face from the public square, and that is more than a capitulation; it's a retreat. Women should never be erased like that.

[–] bellatrixbells 8 points (+8|-0)

"Even with a burqa on they will harass you"

I don't know if it's everywhere, but a friend of mine is Algerian, and apparently over there niqabs are for "unusually attractive women" who are supposed to recognize their attractiveness and hide themselves in order not to tempt males.

What do you think happened when she tried it on !!!!

[–] IronicWolf 4 points (+4|-0)

If you wear a niqab, you’re still slutty for having beautiful eyes that men find attractive. Women can never win.

Afghan women in full burqas are beaten for daring to be outside the home. It’s not enough to be fully covered, you shouldn’t have an existence outside the home at all.

Men will always push boundaries until women’s worlds become smaller and smaller.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/iran-blog/2015/sep/15/iran-hijab-backfired-sexual-harassment

[–] proudcatlady 4 points (+4|-0)

I feel like if that were my culture I’d become a niqabi despite being very average and I’d make myself as hideous as possible. Then whoever gets gifted me as a wife-slave gets a huge disappointment.